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Riley Sprite Prototype, 1935.

This particular Riley “AKV-218” was first registered on the 31st of August 1935 and was constructed by the works/competition department on an MPH type chassis. It is thus in effect a four-cylinder version of a Riley MPH and is the Riley Sprite Prototype. It received various engine- and brake-modifications by the factory.

Once completed AKV-218 was used extensively by the works for competition events throughout 1935 to 1939.

AKV-218 was also driven by Cecil Riley himself in late 1935 from Coventry to Calais and through France to cover as much Alpine Passes as possible before the winter weather would close them. He achieved 14 passes climbed in 8 days before returning to Coventry and there is full account of this trip in David Styles’ book on the Riley marque.

Today in excellent condition, still with its original registration. Recently used in long-distance rally/regularity events and in a recent Mille Miglia event.

Comes with a freshly rebuild engine.

 


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